Fisher Ames, leading lawyer of San Francisco, has been practicing in California for over thirty years, during which time he has not only risen to a prominent place at the bar and among his associates but has been a public-spirited citizen and foremost in advancing public enterprises in his adopted city. Mr. Ames was born in Holderness, New Hampshire, February 8, 1844, a son of Thomas Jefferson Ames, a native of Guilford, New Hampshire, and of Louisa (Ellison) Ames, of Holderness, New Hampshire.
Clifford E. Allen, physician and surgeon of Stockton, California, is one of the young and progressive members of his profession, and has made rapid advancement since he first opened his office and offered his skill to the public. Dr. Allen was born in Bangor, Butte county, California, July 31, 1871, a son of John E. and Mary (Baine) Allen, who are both living in Bangor.
Charles Edward Adams, proprietor of a hay and feed store at Nos. 1108 and 1110 J street in Sacramento, was born in Randolph county, Illinois, on the 28th of March, 1841. He was seven years of age at the time of his parents’ removal to New Orleans, and in 1853 the family took passage on a steamer at that port bound for California. The family home was established in Sacramento.
Another El Monte Pioneer of the covered wagon days was Charley Blackley, who was born in England in 1830. Coming to the United States when a small boy, his parents settled in Illinois, where Charley Blackley was educated in the public schools. In about the year 1857, Mr. Blackley was united in marriage with Miss Minerva Johnston, a native of Arkansas, whose parents were El Monte pioneer settlers of the early fifties.
Bearing the distinction of being the first white child in El Monte, Moses C. Cuddeback was born January 22, 1853 or 1854. At the time, his parents were living with the family of Nicholas Smith on Valley Boulevard in an adobe house. Moses C. Cuddeback was the son of Grant P. and Almira Cuddeback, their native state being New York. History tells that the family came to California in 1850.
Among the first settlers in El Monte was Grant P. Cuddeback. He was born in New York State July 1, 1820, the son of Peter and Clarissa Cuddeback. At El Monte, February 2, 1852, he was married to Miss Elmira Hale, of whose parents there is no record available. To Mr. and Mrs. Cuddeback were born six children.
Thomas Bell, well known in El Monte for his success in agriculture and dairying, was born in El Monte, California, October 5, 1859, and was here reared to young manhood, receiving his educational training in the public schools of the community. Thomas Bell, well known in El Monte for his success in agriculture and dairying, was born in El Monte, California, October 5, 1859, and was here reared to young manhood, receiving his educational training in the public schools of the community.